When I started having children I went into an overdrive. It was obvious I didn’t want to feed them sugary and processed foods filled with preservatives, additives, artificial flavorings, saturated and trans-fats. I wanted them to eat healthy proteins (like fish, lean meat, nuts and dairy), whole grains (complex carbohydrates), healthy fats (olive oil, salmon, avocados, nuts and seeds), and lots of fruits and vegetables. I knew what I wanted. What was not obvious, however, was how to get them to eat the foods I wanted them to eat. Children, as it turned out, have their own ideas about what they will or will not consume. I needed to devise a whole new set of recipes to keep my kids from asking for unhealthy snacks.
I call it a Brain-Boosting Smoothie because of the nutritional properties of its components. Brain neurons are vulnerable and can be damaged both by toxins from the environment and toxic byproducts formed in our own bodies. The first line of defense is consumption of antioxidants from food. Blackberries have the highest antioxidant content of all fruit (per serving). Rats that are fed blackberries as part of their diet perform better on memory tests!
Banana, which is biologically speaking is classified a perennial herb (not a tree, because the stem does not contain true woody tissue), is another brain food. It does all sorts of wonderful things for the body, among them providing a healthy dose of Vitamin B6. In a memory study men with higher levels of B6 outperformed the men with lower levels. Bananas are also rich in magnesium, which is fundamental for the processes of learning and memory. In rats increasing level of magnesium improved both long and short term memory.
In sum, this smoothie will make your kids smarter, taller, and richer. When this smoothie will help them make their first million don’t forget to remind them to send me a postcard (cash would work too). Wait! Why would you have to remind them? Their memory would be so good they will need no reminders. What are we waiting for? Get your bananas and let’s begin…